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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎120r] (249/535)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in 10 May 1915-9 Jul 1920. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Military Secret.
236
From General Officer Commanding, Basra, 29th August 1916.
(Addressed to Chief of General Staff, Simla, repeated to Secretary of State
for India, Cox is repeating to Minister and Foreign!)
LG. 3547. Bakhtiari situation and protection of oil fields. Captain Noel
is with ruling Khans at summer quarters near Ispahan, and his telegrams up
to 2oth August show that so far Said Khans and friendly element in tribe
have remained reasonably staunch ( ? ) Noel feels confident of being able to
maintain strong pro-British element provided ruling Khans are supported
with munitions of war and money. Location of small regular force in
Cliahar Mahal is also advocated by him if these oil fields general situation
being as above actual despatch of a force to oil fields does not appear
necessary at present.
On the other hand, friendly natives are no doubt pursuing an up-hill
task and ma^ not be able to maintain present position if thev do not receive
support from us.^ I understand that His Majesty’s Minister also favours
this. In order, therefore, to meet joint requirements of both cases it is
proposed to inform Noel that we are arranging to send up a consignment
of 500 rifles with 100 rounds per rifle, and that he can have any funds
which may be necessary lor greasing wheels and enabling Khans to keep
their adherents together. We should also inform him that garrison at
Ahwaz is being reinforced in order that we may be prepared for eventualities,
but that no further action as regards movements of troops is at present
contemplated.
I lease inform me if your concur in thinking that above dispositions v ill
meet present requirements.

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The file contains papers, mainly correspondence and India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. minute papers, mostly relating to the situation in the Bakhtiari [Baḵtīārī] territory in Persia [Iran], during the First World War. It includes papers concerning British negotiations with the Bakhtiari khans, and the agreement of February 1917 signed by Charles Murray Marling, HM Minister to Iran, and the principal Bakhtiari khans.

The file also includes papers which relate to relations between the Bakhtiaris and the Russians in Persia, and the payment of £2,500 made to the Bakhtiari khans in December 1915 by Dr Young of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, in connection with the agreement concluded by Young with the Bakhtiari Sardars.

The main correspondents include: the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. ; the Foreign Office; the Chief Political Officer, Basra (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; HM Minister, Tehran; HM Consul, Kerman; HM Consul, Sistan and Kain; and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (260 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 469 (Persia: Bakhtiari affairs) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/652-653. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 260; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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